Midwinter Meeting

“Empowering Patrons through News Literacy” workshop planned for 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

As Americans are flooded with a constant stream of fabricated news stories, hoaxes, rumors and native advertising, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Libraries can help by offering programs and services that empower their patrons to identify misinformation and become active contributors to the news cycle.

Longlist for 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction announced

CHICAGO – A total of 47 books (25 fiction, 22 nonfiction) has been selected for the longlist for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The list is now available on the awards’ website. The six-title shortlist—three each for the fiction and nonfiction medals—will be chosen from longlist titles and announced on October 24, 2018.

Travel Author, Television Host, and Activist Rick Steves is an Auditorium Speaker at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Rick Steves is an American travel author, television host, and activist. As a child, he took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. By the time he reached 18, Rick jokes, "I realized I didn't need my parents to travel!" He began traveling on his own, funding his trips by teaching piano lessons. In 1976, he started his business, Rick Steves' Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of 100 full-time, well-traveled employees at his headquarters in Washington state.

Philanthropist and Author Melinda Gates will open the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. She has said, “if you invest in a girl or a woman, you’re investing in everyone else.” The session will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019, 4:00-5:15pm at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle.

ALA Council Adopts Library Bill of Rights Interpretation on Visual and Performing Arts

ALA Council adopted a Library Bill of Rights interpretation at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting that emphasizes the role art plays in libraries and states libraries should present a broad spectrum of viewpoints in developing art exhibits and programs.  

New ALA Statement Affirms Net Neutrality is Essential to Intellectual Freedom

At the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, ALA Council adopted the statement “Net Neutrality: An Intellectual Freedom Issue.” Written by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the document affirms that Net Neutrality is essential to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom and the free exercise of democracy.

2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits Comes to a Close with Focus on Transformative Role of Libraries

DENVER – Where society’s institutions leave off, our nation’s libraries pick up. This is especially true in Denver, where public libraries provide social workers to address such instances as substance abuse, housing and mental health services.

2018 AILA Youth Literature Awards Announced

DENVER — The American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected three titles to receive the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award. The 2018 AILA Best Picture Book is Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy (2017), published by Sealaska Heritage Institute, illustrated by Tlingit artist Michaela Goade, and edited by Tlingit speakers Johnny Marks, Hans Chester, David Katzeek, and Nora Dauenhauer and Tlingit linguist Richard Dauenhauer.

‘Spotlight on Book Clubs’ at Midwinter to highlight book club picks

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania – Attendees of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver are invited to attend the “Spotlight on Book Clubs” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Colorado Convention Center Exhibit Hall.